Shigehisa Attends STARTALK’s Leadership Institute

Assistant Professor of Japanese Takako Shigehisa (AL) was chosen to participate in the STARTALK Excellence In Leadership Institute which took place June 1 to 5 at the University of Pennsylvania. Sponsored by the Penn Center for Foreign Language Teaching and Learning with Technology, the institute accepted only five candidates from each of six critical languages:  Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu. Shigehisa was selected on the basis of her involvement with the NOVASTARTALK Program as director of Technology Applications.

NOVASTARTALK has been held every summer since 2007 at NOVA’s Alexandria Campus ( This year, starting July 2 and continuing for two weeks, more than 60 teachers of less commonly taught languages are expected to participate in the training sessions.

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